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Solar device looks to add outlets to remote spots

Solar device looks to add outlets to remote spots | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota entrepreneur Brian Gramm was tailgating outside a college football game one sunny day when he wondered why he couldn't use that energy to plug in a radio.

The device, which looks like a quadruple-sized laptop computer, could generate and store enough solar power in a remote African village to run a dorm refrigerator filled with medicine, a couple of fans and a dozen LED lights, said Gramm, founder and chief executive of Peppermint Energy.

 

 

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Triple Decker and Zero-Emissions Super Jumbo Plane: Flight of future?

Triple Decker and Zero-Emissions Super Jumbo Plane: Flight of future? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Solar Powered and zero-emission three decker AWWA-QG Progress Eagle Airplane: Would we be flying this plane in 2030?

Designer and aviation enthusiast, Oscar Vinals is little obsessed in designing concept.

Oscar Vinals has designed a triple-decker concept plane called the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle, which he envisions to be implemented by 2030. Last year, he came up with the design for the AWWA Sky Whale, a futuristic aircraft that he said would transform green air travel and carry a astounding 755 passengers. Now, he has outdone himself.

With his newest design, the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle, he conceives the future of travel as a triple-decker aircraft with zero carbon emissions.

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Renewable Energy Future Looks Less Costly

Renewable Energy Future Looks Less Costly | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Adopting all-renewable energy may be costly, but not as much as the status quo after counting negative effects.

Global power demand today is about 12.5 terawatts, which is likely to grow to 17 terawatts by 2030, the U.S. Energy Department reports. Meeting that demand with renewable power certainly won’t be cheap. Mark Jacobson, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Stanford, and Mark Delucchi, a research scientist at the University of California, Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies, estimate that construction of a worldwide wind, water and solar system would cost $100 trillion over 20 years, including upgrades to the grid.

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The International Energy Agency has put a price tag on confronting climate change at $10.5 trillion by 2030. That’s the global investment in low-carbon energy (plus energy efficiency) that’s needed, the agency estimates, to hold greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million and world temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

According to Mark Moro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, “The figure $10.5 trillion by 2030 declares objectively and indelibly that the battle against climate change requires remaking the world energy system with new technologies, many of which don’t exist, or don’t exist cheaply enough, and that we’d better get to work on that in earnest.”

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Solar Capacity in the U.S. Enough to Power 4 Million Homes » EcoWatch

Solar Capacity in the U.S. Enough to Power 4 Million Homes » EcoWatch | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Today, the U.S. solar industry employs 174,000 Americans nationwide—more than tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter combined—and pumps nearly $18 billion a year into our economy.

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Solar PV Achieving Grid Parity in Chile

Solar PV Achieving Grid Parity in Chile | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Chile's one of the world's fastest growing energy markets, thanks in large measure to reforms that center on three guiding tenets: enhancing energy security, boosting economic efficiency and assuring environmental sustainability.

Following “moderate” annual growth over the previous five years, unconventional renewable power generation in Chile – from wind, biomass, solar and other renewable energy resources outside of large-scale hydro power – erupted in 2014, Cifra, Chile's renewable energy agency, recently reported. A total 982 MW of new unconventional renewable power generation capacity came online across the Andean nation in 2014. That was over 300 percent more than the 244 MW installed in 2013. 

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Apple Uses Earth Day to Highlight China Solar Farm, More - The Mac Observer

Apple Uses Earth Day to Highlight China Solar Farm, More - The Mac Observer | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Apple's environmental responsibility Web page got an update on Monday, which also happens to be a couple days ahead of Earth Day. Apple used the event to highlight its environmental efforts including a planned solar farm in China.

Along with the planned solar farm in China, Apple highlighted its efforts to recycle as much as possible, its hydro power plant in Oregon, and plans for a sustainable forrest to provide for the company's paper needs.

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Why cheap oil won’t hold back solar batteries and EVs

Why cheap oil won’t hold back solar batteries and EVs | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
If the price of oil dropped to $20 tomorrow, electric cars would still be quietly revving their engines. There are too many positive feedback loops in the whole batteries-EVs-solar equation to quell the momentum now.
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Balloons will power the Internet of the future | Digit.in

Balloons will power the Internet of the future | Digit.in | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Google’s Project Loon relies on large balloons that float around in the stratosphere, constantly beaming 4G LTE signal to the earth below. It works via mesh networking where one end of this mesh network is connected to a 4G LTE network provided by a regional telecom partner. This is then passed on to the next balloon in the mesh network. Each balloon works as a telecom tower and since the balloons are travelling in the stratosphere (10-13 KM above earth surface), they cover a larger area compared to a traditional telecom network.

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Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables

Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.

Over the past decade Brazil has been one of the world’s protagonists in combating climate change, slashing its greenhouse emissions by 41 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to official data. Making further cuts may be more difficult. Emissions from energy generation during the same period rose 36 percent, while the reduction of Amazon deforestation, a major source of carbon emissions, is slowing.

 
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Apple to co-develop 80 million kWh p/a solar energy projects in China

Apple to co-develop 80 million kWh p/a solar energy projects in China | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Apple Inc. will partner with Silicon Valley-based solar energy experts SunPower to develop two massive solar energy farms in the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture (aka Ngaba or Aba).
The projects are currently under construction, and comprise Ruoergai Huanju Ecological Energy Co., Ltd. (Zioge) in Ruoergai County and Hongyuan Huanju Ecological Energy Co., Ltd in Hongyuan County. The Hongyuan plant is already contributing 2MW to the region’s grid via the SunPower Low Concentration Photovoltaic System Performance (LPTV) tracker.

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Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.

The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added. 

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Report: Solar Plus Batteries Means Tough Future For Utilities

Report: Solar Plus Batteries Means Tough Future For Utilities | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Rising competition from solar panels and battery storage could cut in half the amount of power that traditional utilities in the Northeast sell by 2030, according to a report released Tuesday by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

In what the report's authors have termed "load defection," residential and commercial customers will increasingly choose solar and solar-plus-battery systems to power their homes and businesses instead of relying on the electric grid.

This load defection will essentially relegate the grid to a backup-power-only role for customers that adopt these systems," said the report.

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Disruptive Innovation: 3 Ways Technology Is Changing How You Will Use Energy -- The Motley Fool

Disruptive Innovation: 3 Ways Technology Is Changing How You Will Use Energy --  The Motley Fool | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar power revolution is changing how we produce energy
For decades solar power has been too expensive compared to fossil fuel alternatives to grow without government subsidies. 

However, decreasing costs of solar power, means that more and more Americans are able to drive cleaner cars on cleaner power. 

For example, a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows that the cost of solar power has plunged in recent years:

Residential solar costs down 70% since 2008.Utility-scale solar costs down 50% since 2010.Solar-panel costs down 75% since 2009.
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Photovoltaics power will be cheaper than Oil.!!!

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The Innovation That Lets Low-Income People Profit From the Solar Energy Boom - TakePart

A Colorado community solar farm is likely the first of many that lets people buy cheaper, greener electricity.
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Hydrogen fuel cells are the future of renewable energy storage

Hydrogen fuel cells are the future of renewable energy storage | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day.

In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in.

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How To Profit From Solar Energy

How To Profit From Solar Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Once regarded as too expensive and inefficient, solar energy is now becoming a more viable option for consumers and businesses alike.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, solar energy generation today costs around 13 cents per kilowatt-hour. This accounts for state and federal subsidies awarded to solar power and is nearly 14% more expensive than the cost of electricity provided by fossil fuels. The price and efficiency of solar panels have already fallen quite a bit to come down to this level, and research and development is underway to further decrease the cost of production.

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New materials known as perovskites have been incorporated into solar cells and have increased solar cell efficiency in laboratory tests, from a 3.8% efficiency in 2009 to just over 20% by 2014.

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Electricity questions for future generations

Electricity questions for future generations | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
New Zealand's electricity industry is debating the future of its network, with a view to increasing usage of personal solar electricity generators, leaving much of the existing technology obsolete.

According to one scenario, that network could one day become largely unused, sidelined by efficient electrical equipment based in each person's home. This would use future generations of solar panels, producing cheap electricity for each house, with high quality batteries providing storage for emergencies.

A development of this sort would leave New Zealand criss-crossed by thousand of kilometres of obsolete electric wiring that cost billions of dollars to install.

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Energies renouvelables: Innovation toute!

Energies renouvelables: Innovation toute! | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

L’Institut de recherche en énergie solaire et énergies nouvelles a lancé un nouvel appel à projets doté d’une enveloppe de 20 millions de dirhams. Une première expérience dans ce domaine est en train d’aboutir sur un chantier concret.

Le Maroc est bien fixé sur ses objectifs en matière d’énergies renouvelables. En effet, le quotidien L'Economiste daté du 21 avril nous apprend que l’Institut de recherche en énergie solaire et énergies nouvelles (IRESEN) vient de lancer un nouvel appel à projets, le septième du genre. Le programme en question, Innoprojets2015, est doté d’une enveloppe de 20 millions de dirhams débloqués par le ministère de l’Energie. Ce montant sera attribué aux projets intéressants avec un plafond de 5 millions de dirhams par projet. 

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Developers eye major Chile tenders

Developers eye major Chile tenders | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The tenders — for long-term contracts (up to 20 years) with privately-owned distribution companies — aim to cover around 15TWh of annual consumption not covered by existing contracts.

In line with the government's Energy Agenda launched last year to tackle the country's rising energy costs, the tenders aim to bring down Chile's soaring electricity prices by encouraging as many new participants as possible.

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The Innovation That Lets Low-Income People Profit From the Solar Energy Boom

The Innovation That Lets Low-Income People Profit From the Solar Energy Boom | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Thanks to net metering—a practice that lets homeowners sell to utilities excess electricity generated by solar panels—Americans in more than 45 states enjoycheaper and carbon-free power.

Yet one group has missed out on the solar bonanza: low-income families, who are more likely to rent or live in multifamily housing where net metering isn’t available.

But just as community gardens allow people without backyards to grow healthy food, the United States’ first utility-built community solar farm hopes to plug the roofless into the green-energy boom.

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Solar power will keep the lights on in future

Solar power will keep the lights on in future | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

There are two primary formulas connected with the name of Albert Einstein. The first equation ruled the latter half of the 20th century. The second will rule the latter half of the 21st century.

E=mc2 describes the equivalence of mass and energy. It allowed physicists to break open the atomic nucleus like a tiny Pandora’s Box, and enabled military commanders to paint people’s shadows on the streets of Hiroshima.

The lesser known equation, E=hf, was formulated by physicist Max Planck in 1900. Einstein interpreted the emission of electrons from metals struck by radiation — the photoelectric effect — as evidence that light is composed of discrete packets with the energy hf.

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Want More Wind And Solar Energy? Invest A Lot More In The Grid

Want More Wind And Solar Energy? Invest A Lot More In The Grid | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Want to increase the use of green energy and reduce the level of harmful emissions? Invest heavily in the grid to both modernize and expand it, which will accomplish such aims while also building the US economy.

That’s the view of energy and utility experts assembled by Public Utilities Fortnightly at its energy, money and power conference last week in Washington, DC. A smarter and more extensive grid that is able to distribute greener power is expensive. But the benefits of creating a modern infrastructure are huge.

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The shifting economics of energy: How competitive is solar?

The shifting economics of energy: How competitive is solar? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
We all know solar energy is the cleaner choice, but you can’t blame an investor for wondering if it’s the more competitive option.

It would not be surprising if future housing developments, office buildings and public spaces such as shopping complexes, especially in the sunshine belt of the Middle East, were built incorporated with solar modules — the onset of the solar power age is definitely gathering momentum.

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Solar panel prices down 80 per cent - Environment

Solar panel prices down 80 per cent - Environment | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

WHY solar?

The simple answer: solar-photovoltaic (solar-PV) is now the least expensive way of providing electricity for your home or business. It's cheaper than the fossil-fuel based energy supplied by Jamaica Public Service (JPS), cheaper than coal or natural gas, even cheaper than hydro or nuclear or small wind turbines.

It is also convenient as it eliminates all possibilities of power cuts if you also incorporate storage and/or your small home "gen-set" -- Honda generators or the like. But best of all, solar can be installed right at your premises in sizes to suit your needs. And once installed, the price never goes up. No more electricity price volatility, no worrying about future light bills!

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Solar Energy: Grid vs. Battery Storage » EcoWatch

Solar Energy: Grid vs. Battery Storage » EcoWatch | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

As solar power—both giant farms and small rooftop installations—enjoys tremendous growthacross the U.S., there’s been pushback from big utility companies. They’ve campaigned to end net metering, in which solar panel owners can return unneeded power they’ve generated to the grid for credit, and to add fees to their bills, calling homeowners and small businesses with rooftop panels “free riders” who don’t contribute to the upkeep of the grid.

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Solar-powered plane's pilots to spend month in China preparing for risky, non-stop Pacific flight

Solar-powered plane's pilots to spend month in China preparing for risky, non-stop Pacific flight | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The fuel-free Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its two Swiss daredevil pilots will have a month-long stopover in China before attempting a historic five-day non-stop flight across the Pacific.

Andre Borschberg, who will pilot that leg, said the China stop would be "the most important" for their project to fly around the world using just solar power as they believed the country was well on the path to becoming the world leader in green technology.

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